The publishing industry witnessed a milestone event this year with Michelle Obama’s Becoming as it went on to become the highest selling memoir of all time with more than 10 Million copies sold. The book has received great response from the Indian market as the nation connected with the story of one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. Penguin India has sold more than 70,000 copies of the book since its release. The Penguin India team and Padmashri winning sand artist, Sudarsan Pattanaik, came together and celebrated this momentous occasion by creating a beautiful sand tribute to Michelle Obama to mark the global and unprecedented success of the book. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive The sand sculpture was created at the Puri beach in Odisha. Through the striking sand sculpture, Mr Pattanaik congratulates Michelle Obama on the breakthrough success of the book. The sculpture has been created using four tonnes of sand. Talking about this occasion and why it is special, Mr Pattanaik said “Michelle Obama’s story is as nuanced and beautiful as the granules of sand. And much like the ocean, it is everlasting.” While Mr Pattanaik has worked on many sculptures of Barack Obama, this is the first time that he has worked on Michelle Obama’s sculpture. Penguin decided to collaborate with Mr Pattanaik to celebrate the success of Becoming because his own story is also extremely fascinating. Born to a humble family, Sudarsan went on to master the art of sand sculpture and has now represented India in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships. Apart from these, he is creating social awareness in national and international arena on world peace, global warming, terrorism, HIV AIDS, to save endangered wildlife species through his sand art.
New Delhi: India opener and number one ODI batswoman Smriti Mandhana is in no mood to take it easy after a memorable season and is busy tweaking her all-round game in the lead up to the Women’s T20 World Cup early next year. The season that went by saw the 22-year-old reach the top of the ODI rankings. Mandhana is not just known for her stylish strokeplay anymore, she has added much needed power to her game to meet the demands of the modern game. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAfter a fruitful fitness camp at the NCA in Bengaluru, Mandhana said she remains a work in progress. “It was a good fitness camp. Finally after an year or two, we got a month off. It was good for us to come back and do a fitness camp. It was much needed because we are going to have a hectic eight months, so we have to get our body prepared for the grind,” Mandhana said after receiving the Arjuna Award here on Tuesday. On her own batting, she said: “I and coach Raman sir have been discussing quite a bit about my game. How I can become more consistent in T20 cricket, how I can add more power to my game. I still feel I need to improve on that front. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”You have to improve because other teams are also keeping an eye on you. Adding new shots is not something which I am looking for, I am looking to consistently hit the same length of balls in different places,” said Mandhana, who is confident of another stellar season in the Kia Super League to be held in the UK next month. While Mandhana was India’s stand-out performer in ODIs and T20s, the team’s performance in the shortest format has left a lot to be desired as it lost six games in a row. The team did not have enough fire-power and though the issues facing the side were discussed at length in the camp, Mandhana feels there is still a long way to go. “Fitness was a major point of discussion after the season ended. Raman sir and we collectively discussed that fitness needs to be better to be a potent T20 side. That thing is being worked out and girls are looking in better shape.” With the likes of Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur playing their part, the team needs more aggressive batters, especially in the middle order. “Our batting depth has to improve and Raman Sir has been speaking to all the batters on the aspect of power hitting. Improved fitness will not only help our power-hitting but will also help our fielding. “It is more mental than anything else. That is what Raman sir has been stressing on. He has given the freedom to the batters to express themselves in the middle rather than holding back,” she added.